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will be the next leader of 1.2 billion roman catholics. allen pizzey is in vatican city to begin our coverage of the pope benedict's farewell. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. by the time evening begins to fall over rome benedict will be looking down at the vatican from a helicopter. three hours later he will no longer be pope and the politicking to find the new one can begin in earnest. in one of his final acts inside the vatican, pope benedict said good-bye to the cardinals. 67 of whole he had elevated to their position as the prince of the church. addressing what he called the future pope among you, benedict programs ed promised his unconditional reverence and obedience, among those making the list although a long shot is u.s. cardinal timothy dolan. in an interview cardinal dolan reflected on what kind of man will emerge as pope. >> all the other things where they're from languages they know leadership skills managerial competency, that's gravy, isn't it? but, boy, you better look for somebody who reminds us of jesus, which in a way, allen, is another word fo
:05. news 4's angie goff at the live desk. >>> breaking news out of vatican city. the vatican confirms that pope benedict will resign on february 28th. the vatican confirming this information. he made a statement in latin during a small event saying that he does not have the strength anymore. the vatican did not offer any more explanation but once again this breaking news out of vatican city that pope benedict will resign as of february 28th. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> thank you, angie. president obama will honor a hero from the war in afghanistan. he'll award this man the medal of honor. he and his fellow soldiers battled hundreds of taliban fighters for more than 12 hours in 2009. eight americans died. romesha will be the only third living member to receive the medal of honor. >>> authorities in california are preparing for another day of searching for a suspected killer. police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on christopher dorner, an ex-police officer accused of murdering three people. officers surrounding a home improvement store yesterday aft
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
going on right now at the vatican that none of us have ever witnessed. a pope about to speak for the final time before he retires tomorrow. >> it really is remarkable to be watching this all morning. let's go live to christiane amanpour who is anchoring our special coverage live from rome. >> good morning. indeed it is unprecedented. these are unchartered waters. right now you're soon going to have pope benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is
enters his final days of the catholic church, the cardinals are heading to the vatican. donald worrell, the archbishop, part of the conclave that will pick the next pope. he says the successor will probably not be an american. >> the conventional wisdom says it can't happen from the united states because we're the only superpower. and i don't think it would be seen as a very good thing if the pope, who is supposed to be reminding governments of their responsibilities, to build peace, if he were from the same superpower. >> pope benedict will step down on thursday night at 8:00 p.m. vatican time. the vatican says a new pope will be in place for this year's easter celebrations on march 31st. >> a lot going on right now. >>> the white house budget office painting a gloomy picture if the cuts known as the sequester go into effect this friday. vaccines and early education programs would all take a hit. defense spending would take cuts in navy spending. >>> oscar night is history. and daniel day-lewis made history, winning his third best actor statue for "lincoln." and jennifer lawrence took
, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles south of jackson, mississippi. this tornado is believed to have reached three quarter of a mile in diameter. hattiesburg took the brunt of a series of reported twisters that pounded that region on sunday. causing mississippi governor phil bryant to declare a state of emergency there. so let's go to victor blackwell, li
the vatican with this story. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as pope benedict finishes his lenten retreat, the vatican is preparing for this historic transition. with many questions, such as who will lead the church, far from answered. a week before pope benedict retires, and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys in church. >> reporter: praised in catholic circles for his persona. his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting the obama administration's contraception coverage mandate. but this week, dolan was deposed about how he dealt with abusive priests as archbishop of milwaukee. what impact is this going to have on cardinal dolan? >> i think it will have zero impact on cardinal dolan's leadership within the conclave. because he is a known quantity. he is a known man of integrity. he is known as someone who can communicate the catholic faith positively. >> reporter: here in rome, another american cardinal, roger mahoney, the retired archbishop of l
. today, stunning news from the vatican. i wonder if god was surprised to learn pope benedict is stepping down. >>> i'm s.e. cupp. millions of americans captivated by the search of a successor. the picking a new pontiff. >>> i'm steve kornacki. president obama has tossed out the old olive branch. coming up, a man who himself helped write four state of the union addresses explains who us how it takes shape. >>> i'm krysa tal. should the president go big by thinking small? it's monday and you're in "the cycle." >>> after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine ministry and the pope abdicated with only eight years on st. peter's throne shocking the 1 billion catholic faithful around the world. the's not a papal abdication in more than 700 years and surprised the close est adviser today. he's a theological conservative with strong positions against homosexuality, women priests and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th.
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and the use of contraceptives. the last day in the vatican is february 28th. the college of cardinals meets in conclave mid-march to elect a successor. the pope will not participate. there's you are surgency to hav pope seated before the holy week. we start with claudio in vatican city. when's the latest? >> reporter: hi, toure. now the countdown is finally started, of course. well, there's no -- usually people don't have the chance to see the -- to know when the end of an end happens because in the past the pope had to die before a new pope could be voted in. this time, we have a date. 28th of february and we got a lot of reaction to the announcement of pope benedict xvi that he is resigning. first of all, look at how he -- well, he abdicated rather than resigning. let's see how. he did that during a low-key affair this morning the vatican meeting with cardinals. wasn't a big deal and he said -- his speech made it in latin. not italian or english or a comprehensible language to most people and it was down to somebody from a local press office, local wire agency to actually figure out that
it says the pope really resigned. as of now, the vatican won't confirm or deny the report. we'll get the latest out of rome. ♪ alright, let's go. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. ♪ the middle of this special moment and i need to run off to the bathroom. ♪ i'm fed up with always having to put my bladder's needs ahead of my daughter. ♪ so today, i'm finally talking to my doctor about overactive bladder symptoms. [ female announcer ] know that gotta go feeling? ask your doctor about prescription toviaz. one toviaz pill a day significantly reduces sudden urges and accidents, for 24 hours. if you have certain stomach problems or glaucoma, or can not empty your bladder, you should not take toviaz. get emergency medical help right away if your face, lips, throat or tongue swells. toviaz can cause blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness and decreased sweating. do not drive, operate machinery or do unsafe
tonight's top story. >> reporter: the announcement stopped vatican insider -- shocked vatican insiders and catholics around the world. pope benedict xvi been said it's time for someone physically stronger to leave the cat like church. >> reporter: the contest making this stunning announcement at a meeting with his cardinals. >> and he plans to retire at the end of themont. >> i'm shocked as much as you. >> reporter: even though he's aware of the seriousness of stepping down, he doesn't have the strength to carry out his papal duties saying, quote, both strength and mind and body are necessary. strength, which in the last few months, did tireiated in me. >> i always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. and now my admiration is higher because his humility. >> reporter: he's 85 years old, the first german pope in hundreds of years. elected in 2005, he succeeded john paul ii. there have been recent concerns about his health and he's needed help walking, but a vatican spokesperson insists he's not facing anything grave. the cardinals will elect his replacement and
to breaking news coming to us out of the vatican this morning. right to john berman with that. >> thanks, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignati
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more details. >>> the vatican is denying a news story. one that could not come at a worse time for the catholic church. only days before cardinals begin the process of electing a new pope, an italian newspaper claims to be exposing a secret network of gay priests. and it suggests the bombshell report may have led to pope benedict's decision to quit. senior international correspondent ben wedeman joins me from rome. ben, the vatican is suggesting that this is an attempt to influence cardinals who will choose the next pope. first, where did this story come from? >> reporter: this is from a newspaper that is claiming that on december 17 a commission of three cardinals who had been charged by the pope with investigating wrong did doing within the vatican submitted to the pope a 300-page red bound report on what, as you said, appears to be a network of gay priests being -- very windy here today -- being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now the vatican has come out very strongly saying that these reports are unverified, unverifiable, or completely false. now the
for instructions to come down from the vatican. that should be happening. but, again, he said he was just as surprised as everybody, and a a lot of folks that have passed by here, one woman saying, make sure you tell people pope benedict was a good pope, is a good pope. another man was also startled, worried that, in fact, our presence here suggested that perhaps it was more than just frail health, that, in fact, perhaps he had passed. not the case. he has just decided to step down. again, the news filtering to all of his cardinals, his archbishop, everybody in the catholic church, taking many by surprise today. chris? >> deb, thank you for that. please say with us. you and i have covered what may have been this pope's high point, the trip to the united states. it was such a re-invigoration point for so many of america's catholics. this latest sparks suspicions. why now? is there anything lurking there? is there ha secret? very little happens at the vatican that's a surprise. people know. he is 85 years old now, pope benedict. he says in his own statement that for some months he's been lo
for the ages begins, george. we'll be right back with you in the vatican. >>> robin off today. great to have elizabeth vargas here. we want to also show you this. it's a video of a great white shark, spotted off the coast of new zealand. tragically spotted just before a deadly attack. we'll have that story just ahead. >>> also, a huge multimillion-dollar lawsuit against one of the biggest companies in america. bud wuzer, under fire, right now, for allegedly watering down its beer. >>> but first, we're going to get back to gorgeous st. peter's square this morning. it's a beautiful day at the vatican. and george is right there for it all. >> it certainly is. the sun shining out here right now. i'm here with our colleague, david wright. david, i flew over with cardinal dolan of new york. a lot of talk about the possibility that he might be chosen as the next pope. he laughed that off. but the cardinals are going to start to meet next week. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at t
, who will continue to be at the vatican for us throughout this coverage. ann, thank you. i want to bring in our panel, who will be joining us the next hour and a half. father robert barron. in rome, liz lev, an expert at duquesne and nbc news analyst. george is the nbc news vatican analyst and the author of the book, evangelical catholicism. good to have all of you. i guess the first question is this is the last awudience. we've never had a moment like this when the pope knew he was going to address his flock. what do you expect him to say? >> he'll probably sum up what his pontificate has made. i'm moved by the pictures of the extraordinary affection for benedict xvi, and i think he'll return it to the crowd and thank them. i think he'll acknowledge the great universality of the church. i would expect there to be strong spiritual words from this man today. >> people who have been around the pope the last several days describing his manner as serene. as someone who saw him on ash wednesday, both in audience in the morning and the ash wednesday mass in the evening, that's exactly
snowfall of our own. >>> i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, who can be in line to follow pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the to
needed." allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: flash photography is frowned upon in saint peter's basilica, but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty, which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so too was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his sermon to criticize recent infighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet, tears wiped away discreetly. [ applause ] >> reporter: and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the basilica where popes are both announced and buried. earlier in the day, in his weekly audience, benedict told a packed hall that he understood the gravity of his decision and asked the faithful to pray for the future pope. those closest to benedict said they are sad he is going but respect his d
last good-byes. he leaves behind a vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and for those who will choose him. britain's most senior cleric keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusations but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden -- an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hire arcingy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found to have stolen papers off his desk. author of "the vatican diaries: an inside look at the church" -- >> it all forms part of the burden, i think, that was placed on pope benedict. it went into his decision to resign. it will go into decisions of choosing his successor. absolutely, i think the cardinals are going to want someone who is strong enough so that he won't be victim
out peter's ministry with the strength needed." alan pizzey is in vatican city. ♪ >> reporter: flash photography is frownd upon in st. peter's basilica but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty, which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so, too, was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his homily to criticize recent in-fighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet. tears wiped away discreetly. ( applause ) and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the basilica where popes are both announced and buried. earlier in the day at his weekly audience, benedict told a packed hole he understood the gravity of his decision and asked the faithful to pray for the future pope. those closest to benedict say they are sad he is going but respect his decision, acco
, the vatican announces what could be the first change once pope benedict xv steps down. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ woman ] looks like another glorious week in florida. ♪ ♪ that...was...awesome. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] how do you make your family vacation this epic? go to visitflorida.com. quakes in the coming days, the world will focus on the vatican. >> the preparations for the conclave are already under way. suzanne kennedy joins us to tell us about the preparations. >> these are the final days the archbishop will be in washington, d.c. he is spending them in prayer and reflection. he offers praise as he celebrates one of his last masses before leaving for the vatican. today, the archbishop of marked the feast of st. peter at the cathedral of saint matthew. during his homily, the cardinal reflected on the shock many catholics experienced when they learned pope benedict xvi was stepping down. >> we are able to recognize that our holy father's action speaks to us of his greatness. >> this is the first time in modern history a pope has resigned. it is also the first time the cardi
gosk, nbc news, new york. >>> now to the attention surrounding the vatican. with the catholic church currently rocked by new scandal as the church's cardinals get ready to gather to elect the new pope, we learn today that the outgoing pope benedict will be called -- what he will be called after he is pope and what life will be like for him, because afr all, remember, an abdicating pope is all new territory for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson remains at the vatican for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. they are already closing off the streets around st. peter's square in anticipation of the huge crowds for pope benedict's final audience tomorrow. the cardinals who will elect his successor have started to arrive, including controversial american cardinal roger mahoney, who is here despite calls for him to stay home because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests in los angeles. these final days for benedict have been very difficult. he's seen a cardinal forced to resign, intense speculation over an internal investigation into leaked do
bishops. vatican observers believe this stage is set for another pope similar to benedict. >> we will have another pulp that is even more conservative. >> the number of priests and nuns is shrinking fast. young catholics are leading the faith and large numbers. some feel -- >> i think if the church keeps going the way it is and we have another poke that conservative, they will continue to lose american catholics. >> we will soon know the direction the church will take and what continent the next pope comes from. the cardinals will gather next month to select the next pope. >> we are hearing from the man who currently leads the washington archdiocese as well as the man who succeeded yen. he's was one of the men who will vote on a new pope next month. >> it came as an enormous surprise. i received the news very early this morning in a call from rome. in addition to the cardinal, his decision to retire also caught the retired archbishop by surprise. he spoke on cnn tonight from the vatican. >> i had no prior warning. the catholic conference of the united states is beginning to do some more wo
, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. meanwhile, the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of cardinals will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's successor will face many of the same controversies he faced including the sexual abuse of church members by priests. benedict apologized to victims in 201
they will be looking for his successor. the helicopter goes away from vatican city and goes to the paypal residence, castel gandolfo and there the holy father will begin a new phase in life. amazingly, he'll wake up and say thanks be to god and i think the voice will say to him well done good and faithful servant. >> we learn that he'll be called the emeritus pope. what will the church be doing to make sure he's not the second pope or there's a feeling that there are two popes. >> reporter: well, the church is bringing closer to this pontificate. this event here this morning is part of that closure, and the pope himself has indicated that he is going to retire. he wants to spend his life in prayer and medication. he's a humble generous man. he's giving up self-interest for a greater mission. so i'm sure we're not going to have two popes on the same stage. >> what are the odds that you think he may have any influence over the new pope or perhaps offer advice to the new pope? >> reporter: i think that is possible. obviously the holy father has not died so we cannot speak of his le
away from each other here in vatican city. >> it's going to be chaos, which pope do you bow to and which one do you go, s'up? >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." st. peter's square was packed this morning for pope benedict's final public audience. benedict steps down tomorrow. >> the pope acknowledged difficult times during his papacy but told his people he has great trust in the future of the church. allen pizzey is in st. peter's scare. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are fierce concerns about whether or not the monostic life benedict is about to fade into will keep him from having influence on the next papacy. that's for tomorrow. today he was center stage. benedict made a stately arrival for his last general audience aboard a pope mobile perhaps taking advantage of the last time he will have use of one of the specially made vehicle. the crowd of st. ter's square was half the 200,000 the vatican predicted and catered for but the welcome was warm. the pope thanked the crowd as he put it "from the bottom of my heart," and told them he
could vote on his nomination either tomorrow or thursday. the vatican is dismissing reports that pope benedict the 16th's decision to step down was linked to a medical intervention to replace the battery in his pacemaker. this is the first time the vatican has mentioned a papal pacemaker which was installed years before benedict became pope. the pope blames it on old age and declining helath and the vatican says no specific ailment forced him resign already there's lots of guessing about who will succeed pope benedict when he resigns. many have suggested that the growth of catholicism in africa justifies a black pope. others say the strength of the church in latin america calls for a hispanic pope. dram 18 voting cardinals. 2/3 to elect the new pope. it is really speculation on who the new pope might be. a vatican spokesman says pope benedict will leave his post by the end of the month and a new pope will be in place by easter. a fugitive ex-cop from los angeles may have escaped to mexico, with some help. former l-a-p-d officer christopher dorner is charged with murdering a riverside
richard engel, and with us today veteran foreign correspondent keith miller, who covered the vatican for decades, and he joins us from miami. first to you, chris jansing. as you're hearing more details about the arrival or beginning of the conclave of cardinals, what are you expecting? who are the front runners? this does have sort of the feel of politics even if it is supposedly a spiritual event. >> yes. i mean, they say it's a political and excommunication is what happens if you are a cardinal and you leak anything that's going on inside the conclave. that's not to say that there isn't politics, that will aren't certain people that have their favorites. we did talk today to spokesman for the vatican, and they're working all these details up right now. exactly when this is going to happen, but they want to do it sooner rather than later after the pope stepdz down because what they don't want to happen is that runs into the easter season, so i think it's possible that the cardinals would all gather as soon as march 1st we know that the pope is stepping down on february 28th. as to w
is on her way back from rome right now, before she left, she filed one last report from vatican city. we'll bring it to you in ten minutes. stick around for that. >>> an airline megamerger is taking flight. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> they're getting together on valentine's day. well, this merger is going to cut down the number of major u.s. airlines now to four. you've got the new american, you'll have united, delta, and southwest. so everyone is kind of asking, what does that mean for me, the consumer. well, it potentially means higher prices, less competition, higher prices. we'll have to wait and see. also, richard, most airline mergers have resulted in a reduction of flights and also shrinkage at some hubs. but management is saying this is different because u.s. airways and american overlap on just 12 routes. if you are a traveler, you will not notice immediate changes. it is likely going to be months for example, the frequent flier miles are combined and years before the two airlines are integrated. in other words, don't panic. >> not yet. >> we'll move fr
-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san francisco celebreated the year of the snake is a big way. as chinese new year celebrations took center stage in san francisco saturday night. this is video of the grand finale of the celebration. the colorful dragon wrapping up the parade. there and shows us the spectacle of the largest new year celebration outside of chi
.  >>> 7:30. back now to the breaking news out of the vatican. pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month on february 28th. the shocking announcement coming about 60 or 90 minutes ago. the holy father announced in a speech he just doesn't have the physical strength to carry on the mission. pope benedict is 85 years old. he became pope in 2005 after the baeth of john paul ii. likely take place before the end of march. the last pope to resign was way back in the 1200s 13th century. major headline today pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning at the end of this month. much more on this to come throughout the morning. >> 7:30 right now. folks waking up to wet weather. >> a little bit of rain moving through overnight. the wet roadways will slow things down. but temperatures in the mid 30s, at least we're not doing ice. let's get to the maps. most of the vain now to the east. still pressing just east of the bay there out towards saint michaels. still getting rain showers. however, here locally in the metro area, up and down the 95 correspond door, we're generally done with
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